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Price changes in force for July 1

Public transport, gas and electricity, stamps and mobile phone roaming - several price changes come into effect today

JULY 1 brings with it a series of changes to prices - some up, some down - ahead of the school summer holidays which begin tomorrow.

Public transport
SNCF train fares go up by an average of 2.5% this morning. This applies to Corail, Intercités and TER services - not TGVs.

In Paris, metro and bus tickets go up 6.25% to €1.70 and the cost of a monthly zones 1-2 pass rises by 6.7% to €56.60.

GDF gas bills will grow by between 2% and 4.7% from today, depending on whether you use gas as your main source of heating or just for cooking. The rise comes after a 10% increase in April.

Mobile phones
The maximum per-minute fee for using your mobile phone in another EU country falls from €0.43 to €0.39 today. Receiving a call will be capped at €0.15 per minute, down from €0.19. A legal €50-a-month cap on data roaming also applies from today in an attempt to avoid nasty shocks when using mobile internet abroad.

The prime à la casse - a contribution towards the cost of a new car when scrapping a vehicle more than 10 years old - is cut from €700 to €500. It will drop again on January 1 and is gradually being phased out by next year.

An ordinary stamp for a 20g letter sent within France costs €0.58 - up from €0.56. The économique rate also goes up two centimes to €0.53. Letters to other EU countries including the UK are now charged at €0.75 instead of €0.70.

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